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Pine Grove Furnace State Park, Pennsylvania

(4.7/5 based on 50+ reviews on the web)
Pine Grove Furnace State Park is a protected Pennsylvania area that includes Laurel and Fuller Lakes in Cooke Township of Cumberland County. The Park accommodates various outdoor recreation activities, protects the remains of the Pine Grove Iron Works (1764), and was the site of Laurel Forge (1830), Pine Grove Park (1880s), and a brick plant (1892). The Park is from exit 37 of Interstate 81 on Pennsylvania Route 233.Pine Grove Furnace State Park was chosen by the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) and its Bureau of State Parks as one of "25 Must-See Pennsylvania State Parks".HistoryThe state park's historic place on the national register is the Pine Grove Iron Works of about 176acre with structures associated with the 1764 Pine Grove Furnace, which ended production in 1895. The 1870 South Mountain RR and the subsequent 1891 Hunter's Run and Slate Belt Railroad provided the railway lines to the industrial areas of the state park.
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  • We visited during the Fall Furnace Festival. Large grounds and beautiful setting. Also home to the Appalachian Trail Museum as it is the halfway point. We'll visit again so we can better explore witho...  more »
  • We have been here many times for many different events and activities. There are several pavilions available for day use/rental and make great picnic spots. The two lakes offer a variety of swimming, ...  more »
  • A nice state park with something for everyone, from picnicking and swimming to boating and hiking. Updated facilities. Mid-point of the Appalachian Trail. Museum.  more »
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  • Awesome pit stop for AT hikers. Half gallon ice cream challenge. AT museum. Swimming lake with food concession. Free showers in restrooms.
  • A beautiful park with a nice campground. The check-in was a little bit tricky to locate, but once we found it, it was well worth it! The campground had a nice family atmosphere, but still felt private. Our site was surrounded on all three sides by trees, and had a pine forest behind it. Water spigots and bathrooms were conveniently located. The campground even had a general store that sold items at reasonable prices. There is a lake that is small but swimmable, and a stream surrounded by trees that is cool and beautiful! (Keep an eye out for blue slag rocks when you swim in the stream!) The only bad thing that I would say about this park is that the restrooms were not very clean, and the bathroom were unisex. However, overall, it was a great experience, and I would recommend this campground!
  • When the store is open it is a great place to get a freshly made burger and fries. Learn the history of iron ore and furnace use or visit the AT museum and learn about the trail and early people responsible for the trails development. This is also a great place to start or end a hike on state forest or AT trails.
  • Our first time at this camp (we tent camped) and we'd be happy to go back. Very full over the weekend, but had a nice family friendly vibe with lots of kids on bikes, etc. Quiet at night. Camp host friendly and helpful (and you can buy firewood right by the host's site). Campsite was well-maintained and bathrooms (fairly new) were clean (exception being the floors... probably didn't get mopped too often). Water at water pumps was cold and refreshing with no weird taste. Showers (and dish wash area) walkable distance from most sites, and bathrooms walkable from all sites. Hit and miss with picking a good campsite. Most had shade and the tent area set back from road, but some were closer to neighbors and a few were right by the road with no shade or feeling of privacy. Small photos of each site available when reserving are worth a look.
  • This park is not too big. It offers swimming, hiking and a playground. The main focus seems to be on the summer crowd and not on actual hiking.